maveness: (Junior - Grissom)
( Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:57 pm)
NASCAR News And Notes

Last June the following took place.

A drunk guy shot his African Gray Parrot named Mikey because the bird was talking during a race.

My sport wins the "what the freaking hell???" award of the century for that one.
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maveness: (WRC - Rat)
( Dec. 18th, 2009 04:10 pm)
Shane Sparks arrested on 9 8 counts of child molestation

He's 35 now. The alleged acts took place in 1994 (when he was 20). He is at least 10 years older than the person molested, meaning that person was 10 or younger at the time.

ETA: So it's a former dance student. Joy! (And his real name is Melvin Hall. Just throwing that in there for kicks.)
maveness: (True Blood - Eric)
( Dec. 2nd, 2009 09:26 am)
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm amused to say that local courts are handling a cyberstalking case.

Why do I find this amusing? Because the courts have no issue figuring out what constitutes cyberstalking, unlike LiveJournal.
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maveness: (Tonight I Wanna Cry)
( Sep. 30th, 2009 12:27 pm)
13-year-olds cannot vote.
13-year-olds cannot drink.
13-year-olds cannot drive.
13-year-olds cannot be employed in full time work.
13-year-olds cannot serve in the military.
13-year-olds cannot enter into legally binding contracts without parental or guardian consent.
13-year-olds cannot be tried as adults (except in specific capital offense cases).

Considering all of these things, in what reality, Hollywood, does a 13-year-old being drugged and raped (because when a person says "no", it's rape, plus the drugging immediately takes away consent, not even to mention her age) count as consensual?

There's a reason it's illegal: the age, the drugging and the whole "I said no" part. Thank god for the justice system.

(I feel sorry for the victim, who really shouldn't have to be dragged through this again. But the justice system does not let CONVICTED criminals go free. We can't. If we do, the system has failed her and all other victims.)
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maveness: (Pucker Up)
( Oct. 9th, 2008 09:09 am)
I had a Supernatural sex dream.

There was a creepy little girl, a giant squirrel, all sorts of weirdness, and then apparently whatever made the girl creepy and the squirrel giant infected everyone, which resulted in Sam and Dean fighting and then me and Sam having sex. In very vivid detail. My sleeping brain even kept in mind how freakishly tall JP is.

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"We will no longer evict people from foreclosed homes in Cook County."

Sheriff refuses to evict renters from homes where the landlord fell behind, because in most cases, the renters didn't know of the financial problems of the landlord. He calls them "innocent victims" and refuses to evict them as it's up to the mortgage companies to identify *who* should be served with the eviction notice. The mortgage companies often give erroneous information to the cops because they didn't do their jobs. The sheriff is refusing to do the mortgage companies' job for them.

On one hand, I don't think what he's doing is technically legal. BUT they have one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Which means they could be verging on one of the highest homeless rates. At the very least, it's bringing attention to the human side of the problem, the people who didn't get in over their heads and are now suffering as a result.
maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 24th, 2008 09:27 am)
News of the Day

1. Totally read this headline wrong: Seals removed from N. Korean nuclear plant. Harbor seals? Navy seals?

2. PETA wants Ben & Jerry's to use human milk in their ice cream. For real. Honestly. Their publicity stunts are really, really bizarre and laughable.

3. Worst rendition of the National Anthem, ever. I have to agree - it is. And I watch NASCAR, so I know bad anthems.
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maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 13th, 2008 12:33 pm)
Media Talking Heads

I expect the mouthy news anchors to have a modicum of common sense when talking about major news stories. I expect them to use their brains. I understand the reality that they often have to ask stupid as hell questions because the viewing audience could be ignorant of even the most basic facts.

But I also expect the talking heads to phrase the questions in an intelligent manner. I also expect them to NOT sensationalize or try to make something horribly exciting that isn't. For that reason, I don't know who this idiot is on CNN (regular CNN, not Headlines News) right now, but she is quite possibly the stupidest person I've seen on a major network in a long time. In fact, I've been looking for her name just to post a name attached to the stupidity.

1. She asked another reporter/meteorologist why Ike was still a hurricane since it was over land now. The way it was said? She was challenging the other person on her terminology, as if it really couldn't be a hurricane when over land.

2. She was trying to get retired Lt. Gen. Honore, who coordinated Katrina relief when FEMA fucked up, to say that not sending out helicopters right now to aid search and rescue boats was a huge fuck up by the government. The hurricane is still going on! There are major wind gusts and it's still a cat 1. Honore had to flat out say (he tried to steer her to pertinent information, no going as she was on the hunt for sensational) that for safety's sake, the helicopters couldn't go out until the winds had died down and this is normal search and rescue procedure.
maveness: (NASCAR - Fly)
( Aug. 18th, 2008 09:28 am)
I'm going through news withdrawal here, but the fact is, I'll get burned if I look for news.

So I need your help! Link me to important news stories (although not Fay news stories, as I actually got info on that this morning - I'm not scared of the Today Show, as they actually give warning).
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maveness: (Default)
( Mar. 14th, 2008 09:26 am)
Random Thing That Makes Me Grumpy

Yes, prostitution is illegal.

But "Kristen" did NOT bring down the governor of New York. Mkay, news folks? He did that himself!

He HIRED a prostitute! He funneled money to dummy corporations to hide his payments to a prostitution ring! He randomly showed up at hearings in Washington that he wasn't scheduled to speak at just so he could trip off to Washington and get his swerve on with a hooker! That is not her fault! So back off the hooker! What she did was illegal, but damn, she is not evil incarnate because her vagina dared to touch him!

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Reality TV

In non-grumpy news, Survivor was way awesome (I'm constantly amazed when James uses his head - my man learned!), Celebrity Apprentice is trying to give me an ulcer (because let's be honest, spoiler ).
maveness: (NASCAR - Bendy)
( Feb. 29th, 2008 08:54 am)
American Idol

My mother called three of the four eliminations. She didn't even hazard a guess as to who the other guy would be besides Jason Yeager. I had already told her that if any of the rocker guys went, it would be Robbie. (Mostly because there's been some scandal over the fact that he's most likely wearing a wig. The young vote wasn't buying his authenticity over the wig. Plus, you know, too many rockers, gotta get rid of one.)

I'm actually upset about the women, though. I liked Alexandrea and Alainna is better than Kristy Lee or Kady.

Also, the first top 12 theme will be the Beatles? Oh hell no. That's just a bad idea. I don't even like the Beatles and find this to be a horrible idea, just because they're too well loved.

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Dreams

It's been wacky dream week. Last night's was courtesy of massive heartburn. Luckily I don't remember what I dreamt.

A few nights ago a dream featured two Harlem Globetrotters, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, and my boss.

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Larry King Can't Dance

Janet Jackson tries to teach Larry King some dance moves.
maveness: (NASCAR - Who Said?)
( Feb. 12th, 2008 10:45 am)
Dear people coming to our office:

If you are challenged when it comes to directions, please indicate so when you set up an appointment. That way we can give you the extra special super duper easy directions. Or the ones with pictures.

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Dear everyone:

Just in case it's not common knowledge (or in case you're in one of those families that gives directions by descriptor, i.e. "Turn left at the church with the green steeple and the goat statue in the front yard, but if the goat statue is wearing a bow, you've gone a church too far"), building numbers tend to be odds on one side of the street, evens on the other.

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Dear Westminster Dog Show judges:

Can we give it a rest on the poodles already? The reason they always do well is because the darn things are really popular for dog shows. So they're bred really well. And money is invested. And dang it, you'll get more competition if some other dog wins in those categories.

*pouts*

I was rooting for another dog.

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Dear 15" Beagle:

I'm rooting for you. Don't let me down. Be all cute and stuff. Plus it helps if you fly a plane and wear a scarf.

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Dear Tennessee and Georgia:

I know it's kind of cool in a Wild West way, the idea of land grabbing and getting part of another state, but unless it's done at dawn with pistols (thereby making it way awesome to get rid of some politicians, or at least a good Darwin Awards contender), I don't care.
maveness: (Default)
( Jan. 11th, 2008 02:48 pm)
Job Hunting

What's a way to find lots of corporations quickly and submit your resume through their job search features? Why...Jayski of course!

Jayski is a NASCAR website. More fansite than official, although he does partner with ESPN now. One thing he has is a page for each team. With links to the sponsor websites on each of those pages. Both main and associate sponsors.

I've been going through this morning and basically applying for PR or marketing jobs through those websites. It's amazingly efficient. I've given up caring *where* I look. The nice part is that it's not too narrow (like looking on the local career page at the newspaper or just searching my area on Monster/CareerBuilder/HotJobs). And it's not overwhelming like searching public relations on Monster/Careerbuilder/HotJobs and getting everything for the entire country (which I'll have to do eventually).

The Dream Job

You know, the more I look for a job, the more I want to grab my dog and my couch (okay, and my laptop, my TV and my bed) and move to a tropical island and wait tables at a bar, or work in a surf shop, and spend my time lounging in my cute little bungalow, free from the constraints of the material world.

For real, folks. I want to. I don't even like the beach, but dang, I want a cheap place to live in a tropical locale and nice air to breathe and few worries.

Just don't tell my mother I said that. She's have a heart attack. Although she would LOVE to come visit me in such a place, since my parents love the beach.

Big City Media v. Small Town Cops

Watched a few minutes of the press conference on CNN about the pregnant Marine who they now know is dead. It's kind of sad when a press conference that's about a sad subject is inadvertently funny.

The characters: the small town sheriff and the big city reporter.

Now, most of the reporters were spot on, asked great questions for clarification and were quite professional. Unfortunately, one reporter was apparently out to make a name for himself and decided that this podunk sheriff would be the perfect target as he *obviously* was mismanaging the case.

Unfortunately for the reporter, the sheriff was one of them there small town cops with tons of common sense.

The reporter got all up in arms because yesterday the sheriff said they hadn't spoken to the Marine who was suspected of raping her. Turns out, that's the guy that killed her. The reporter managed to phrase his question in the most obnoxious way, pointing out that the sheriff hadn't questioned the killer. (The strong implication was that the sheriff needed to be told how to do his job, because he had to be stupid to not talk to the suspect in one case who could have been involved in another.)

The sheriff got snippy right back at the guy and pointed out that 1) they didn't have the evidence the day before that said the guy was the killer, 2) the guy had been clamming up and refusing to talk based on advice from his attorney and kept failing to show up every time he said he would to meet with them and 3) the sheriff wasn't going to give the press details the day before in an ongoing investigation as to who he'd like to talk with when the lawyer for the suspect was standing right beside him at the time, which could have tipped the suspect off as to what they wanted to do.

It was almost comical. That reporter shut up right quick after that.
maveness: (Twisted Trees)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 11:32 am)
Genarlow Wilson will finally be freed.

Most importantly at this point, the attorney general seems to have FINALLY conceeded that he's going to lose this fight and Wilson should be let out of jail.

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Randomly: it's really hard to do one's necessary weekly internet research for clients when websites won't frickin load.
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( Sep. 25th, 2007 10:08 am)
[livejournal.com profile] devildoll make note: do not go to Pennsylvania.

They have female ninjas robbing people.

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And because some things have to be read to be believed:

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA

Principal Photography Underway On Twisted Pictures' And Lionsgate's Musical Thriller

Lionsgate announced today that Twisted Pictures commenced principal photography this week in Toronto, Canada on Repo! The Genetic Opera. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) is directing from a screenplay by Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, co-creators of the original stage production of the same name upon which the film is based.

International recording artist/performer Sarah Brightman (making her feature film debut), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Paris Hilton (House of Wax), Bill Moseley (Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects), Paul Sorvino (The Cooler, Goodfellas), and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) make up the production's beloved band of misfits in this incarnation.

Set in the not-so-distant future, the production tells the story of an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of millions. As scientists feverishly make plans for a massive organ harvest program, a multi-billion dollar biotech company called GeneCo begins to manufacture salvation — for a price — offering simple payment plans to those lacking the necessary funds to purchase new body parts outright. But all financed organs are subject to default procedures, including repossession at the hand of the notorious organ repo men.
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maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 21st, 2007 03:18 pm)
Little idiots in my area decided to hang some nooses too!

I got really pissed when that news item popped up this afternoon. (Andrews High is a predominantly African-American high school in the area.) And the fact that the high school just down the street from where I live might have the culprits in its ranks? Pisses me off just as much.
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The mayor of Greensboro went to make the standard opening statement at a council meeting.

What he meant to say: "If you have cell phones or pagers, please put them on vibrate or turn them off."

What he actually said: "If you have cell phones or vibrators..."

This was last night. Today it was in the newspaper. Imagine my fun when 20 minutes ago I crossed paths with him on the street. Let it be noted, I did not make eye contact because I was sure I'd die laughing. And he would know why I was laughing at him. I imagine I wouldn't have been the first today.
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maveness: (NASCAR - Giddy)
( Aug. 9th, 2007 02:39 pm)
Breaking News

I'm officially a Ryan Newman fan.

As a Ryan Newman fan I will:

1. Gladly forgive all on-track incidents that are stupid.
2. Overlook his penchant for racing too hard too early in a race.
3. Ignore when he's a lap car and racing a lead lap car like it's for position.
4. Let him wreck at least one of my other guys once this year without cussing at him.

Why?

Cause while Biffle went all logical and pissed over the Michael Vick dog fighting case, Newman just went apeshit.

Best part?

They'll (Newman and his wife, Krissie) call some attention to it (the case) themselves by sporting the t-shirts they had made last week that say: "7 to life" on the front and "Neuter Vick" on the back, which Krissie says Ryan will wear through the end of the season.

*falls over and falls in love*
maveness: (Porch)
( Aug. 8th, 2007 03:34 pm)
Local News Anchor To Plead Guilty For Drunk Driving

Paris, Lindsay, Nicole, take note - it's nice to see when someone does something right.

Back story: A local news anchor goes out drinking with a coworker. Then he leaves the bar, driving drunk. He drives above the speed limit through a construction zone (late at night), jumps the curb and hits and kills a pedestrian. The coworker who is a passenger is hurt pretty bad. The anchor was so drunk he didn't at first even know he'd run over anyone.

The Aftermath: There were worries by the victim's family that celebrity would mean the anchor getting handled with kid gloves. The cops didn't show favoritism, thankfully. The anchor made very few public statements, but all of them were contrite without making excuses, admitting culpability and taking all the blame on himself. When his blood alcohol results came back and he was formally charged with felony death by motor vehicle (since he was drunk, as opposed to an actual accident), he surrendered quietly to police and refused to make bail, choosing instead to sit in jail until his trial has come up.

The Final Verdict: In a shocking, surprising, and possibly most responsible turn you could imagine in a case like this, he is planning to plead guilty. No plea deal. No copping to lesser charges to get less time in prison. He's taking his punishment like it is, and he's even asked to be required to do community service by speaking to local schoolchildren about drinking and driving. That's in addition to whatever a judge sentences him to.

Drinking and driving has horrible consequences. If you've lost someone or know someone who's lost someone, all because someone didn't bother to call a cab or couldn't have one less beer, you know the pain. Casey Bokhoven was 26 years old. Nothing can bring him back. But it's nice to see when someone actually accepts that they committed a wrong against someone and works to make it right. That helps the family somewhat. They don't get their child/brother back, but they don't have to deal with a long trial or someone trying to get a lighter sentence. The anchor had a promising career that is done now. What he does with his life from this point on will be about trying to do something right. He's on the right path.
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What Biffle Says, Biffle Does

Refuting all the arguments for why Biffle shouldn't say anything about Michael Vick and dog fighting.
maveness: (Default)
( Jul. 26th, 2007 11:32 am)
Pardon me while I squeal and love on my Biffle.

Biffle goes off on Michael Vick.

"Just put him in prison and tell the general public, just give them all the details of what they do with those dogs," Biffle said. "How they steal people's dogs out of their front yards and use them for bait dogs and let other dogs kill them. There's all the horrifying stories. You look at all the pictures on the Internet of the dogs, just maimed, mangled. It's horrible."

My sister has a white boxer. When Maddie disappeared a while back, my first thought was that she'd been taken to be a bait dog. We actually called the cops, just in case that was the situation. A neighbor of theirs did have a dog (a pug) that was taken to be a bait dog.

And on some message board I was looking at (about this article), a girl proceeds to compare dog fighting to the way circus animals are treated and says that Vick is being targeted because he's black. And then proceeds to ask why dog fighting can't be legal if cock fighting is. *headdesk* I got so pissed. Because there are PLENTY of times that black men are targeted in court cases because of color. There have been pro athletes and celebrities that have dealt with racism. This? Is not racist. (And incidentally, considering the number of times I've seen dog fighting mentioned locally the past few years with white perps? I don't get the stereotype that dog fighters are black. The hell?)
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